Who's at the Helm? The Effect of Party Organization on Party Position Change Public Deposited

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  • March 19, 2019
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  • Koedam, Jelle
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science
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  • Parties continuously change their position in a competitive environment. Their motivations to do so, however, are highly contested. A recent study has suggested that the internal balance of power between party leaders and activists might be the driving force behind whether a party responds to shifts in the mean voter position or the mean party voter position, respectively. Extending a pooled time-series analysis of 55 parties in 10 European democracies between 1977 and 2003, this paper seeks to test these findings by accounting for several additional party characteristics and environmental incentives. The results show that while the original explanation holds up in some circumstances, some qualifications are in order.
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  • De Lange, Sarah
  • Marks, Gary
  • Hooghe, Liesbet
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  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2015
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